Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends

Some things are better left unsaid.

The Daily Post

Once upon a time, I featured a post on Freshly Pressed  in which the author spoke very frankly about her family and their differences. I assumed that since it had been published it was fair game, and she was thrilled to be chosen…

…until her blog attracted more traffic, including family members who didn’t appreciate the notoriety (or who hadn’t realized she was writing about them at all). She asked to have the post removed, deleted much of her blog’s content, and had to patch up the remnants of some severely strained relationships.

It’s a gnarled question: where do you draw the line on what you share about family and friends in a medium that’s fundamentally about letting readers into your life?

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My Future

In 2009, I began working as a teachers assistant at a middle school. I never realized the importance of them. Then I went to teaching in a preschool as the head teacher of twelve four year olds. It was crazy!!!!! first of all I never really taught and second of all I went from working with middle school students to preschool!! it was a change ill never forget. I worked for that private school for a year but I decided to go back to school to get my Masters degree in technology (something I have never been good at) and it has been challenging. I have many questions about everything because I’m so behind. Now, for my final project I have to create an E-portfolio from scratch with a main page and four other pages. This should be interesting.  The fact that I have no technology background makes me think that I wont be able to go through this degree. Have I made the wrong mistake? Should have I finished my credential and stuck to teaching?

Today, this thought came back because one of the principals at the school I work at offered me a 6th grade teaching position; Something I have always wanted to teach ever since I started my undergrad degree. I began to think am I really that good of a teacher? I never really considered that I was. I have always doubted my skills, but I can say that I truly care about my students because I can relate to them. All I know is that, as of right now I can try my best at this program and life will take me where I should be.


The knuckle sandwich epiphany

Love this!

How the light gets in

Back in the days Before Technology, when I was growing up, we entertained ourselves by interacting with other kids.

This usually involved riding bikes or climbing trees, making up games or going to imaginary places. But sometimes we’d talk about Really Important Stuff like –
Cartoon of a kid saying, "If you could wish for anything in the world, what would you wish for?"I would nearly always answer –
Cartoon of a little girl with a halo above her head saying, "World peace."

Or sometimes –
Cartoon of a little girl with angel wings saying, "An end to world poverty."Keep in mind, it was the 80s.

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Chris Brown and A Nation of Raped Boys

Olivia A. Cole

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Yesterday I read an article in which Chris Brown discussed the age at which he lost his virginity. He was 8, he says, and the girl was 14 or 15. He mentions that in “the country” he and his cousins watched a lot of porn, so by age 8 he was “hot to trot.” Maybe so. Children can have sexual feelings at 8, but whether they can consent to sex at age 8 is an entirely different subject. Sex at age 8 is rape, especially given the fact that the girl involved was significantly older, a teenager. Chris Brown was raped, but to hear him tell it, that experience was positive, healthy. Something to brag about. “At eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it.”

And the worst part? This isn’t the first time I’ve…

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
Christopher Reeve

Everyday is a new struggle for everyone and we can accept this as a challenge or we can just lose hope.  This whole weekend I spent half my days in a computer lab working on more homework. It seems like the work is harder as the quarter progresses but I choose to continue with this struggle because I want this Masters program more than anything. I have endured a year in a private school in which i worked 9 hours with no actual break time at a pay rate of 12.25. Yes, i learned a lot from this adventure. One of those things, was that I did not want to spend my whole life hating my job which did not offer any health insurance or benefits, any way of moving up positions. I was very unhappy, although I did like teaching that is not where i wanted to be. I decided to tale the plunge and go for my masters.